The World Council of Churches voiced concerns about a proposed Ugandan law on gays and lesbians.
People now can receive 14 years in jail for engaging in homosexual acts.
The proposed law would raise that to life imprisonment or execution, though no one has been convicted of homosexual acts in the country.
WCC General Secretary Samuel Kobia, in a letter to the Ugandan president, said: "[I]t is my hope and my prayer that you will join the African church leaders and fellow people of faith, to abstain from supporting any law which can lead to a death penalty; promotes prejudice and hatred; and which can be easily manipulated to oppress people."
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